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Share a Story: Whale Storytime

 

In case you missed our Whale storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own deep sea storytime at home.

 

From Storytime

An giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean--almost.

 

FIVE BABY WHALES

     Five baby whales dive to the ocean floor. One swims away and then there are…

     Four baby whales eating krill in the sea. One swims away and then there are…

     Three baby whales calling in the ocean blue. One swims away and then there are…

     Two baby whales breech in the sun. One swims away and then there is…

     One baby whale lonely and alone. She swims to find her friends and they all go home.

 

ORCA WHALE SONG (from jbrary)

     An orca whale (move one arm in a leaping motion)

     An orca whale (move the other arm in a leaping motion)

     Little sea scallops (both hand open and shut like shells)

     And an orca whale (leaping motion) [repeat first bit]

     Sea otter (sung while pounding fists on chest)

     Sea otter, the little sea scallops, and the orca whale.

     Sea otter (sung while pounding fists on chest)

     Sea otter, the little sea scallops, and the orca whale.

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I spy under the sea by Edward Gibbs

Prompts children to look through spy holes and use clues to guess the underwater creatures, and encourages readers to count the animals.

 

BABY SHARK SONG (from jbrary, clean version)

 

OCEAN UP AND DOWN SONG (from jbrary)

     Oh the ocean is great and the ocean is grand (put your arms out wide)

     There are lots of tall ships and very little land (hands together up, and then down)

     And we sleep down deep in a hammock near the floor (snuggle into your hammock)

     And this is what we do when we go out the door (open up a door)

     We ride the waves going up, we ride the waves going down (rollercoaster arms up and down)

     We ride the waves going up, we ride the waves going down (or stand up and down)

     We ride the waves going up, we ride the waves going down (or lift your baby up and down)

     And we turn around (roll your hands around each other)

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More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Whaley Whale by Christopher Raschka

A small format picture book invites young readers to find Whaley Whale's hiding place, with simple text and illustrations.

Firefighter duckies! by Frank W Dormer

Firefighter Duckies fill a busy day with many kind deeds. See if you can spot the whale.

If you want to see a whale by Julie Fogliano

Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale, such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient.

Trapped! : a whale's rescue by Robert Burleigh

In the Pacific Ocean, a humpback whale finds herself tangled in a net abandoned by fishermen, and when a convoy of divers arrives to help the struggling humpback, a moving encounter bridges the human and aquatic worlds.

Piggie is upset because a really big guy took the ball she found. Will the really big guy give Piggie her ball back? Who is this really big guy anyway?

When Billy Twitters' mother follows through on her threat to buy him a blue whale if he refuses to obey, he finds himself the owner of an enormous pet that he must take with him everywhere, which does not make him popular at school.

The blue whale by Jenni Desmond

Full of relatable facts from every day life that help to make the size and habits of the blue whale easily comprehensible and engaging, this is a pretty nonfiction title to share with an interested listener.